Edward H. Kalajian Endowed Professorship                                            

Welcome to Florida Tech. How can I help you to become the best engineer that you can be?” This is the introduction of Dr. Edward H. Kalajian’s dedicated university professional webpage. Dr. Kalajian taught every civil engineering student in Florida Tech’s history until his retirement. Take a moment to reflect on that declaration – the tens of thousands of alumni who are changing the world today.

In 1971, he joined FIT to launch the ocean engineering program. Shortly afterward in 1974, he created the civil engineering department. His efforts were instrumental in the accreditation from ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) for civil engineering in 1976. This highly respected accreditation lends credence to Florida Tech’s academic program meeting quality standards that produce graduates prepared to enter a global workforce.

He is a true visionary. He understands the importance of student involvement outside the classroom. He was instrumental in bringing the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) student chapter in 1982. National Concrete Canoe competitions, National Student Steel Bridge competitions, conferences and leadership seminars enable our students to network on the national stage and learn practical skills not taught in the classroom. In 1997, Florida Tech was the ASCE National Concrete Canoe Champion.  He also founded the Civil Engineering Honor Society Chi Epsilon chapter.

Most recently, he served as the associate dean for the College of Engineering, taught a graduate course in geotechnical engineering and undergraduate courses in soil mechanics and foundations.  He is a registered professional engineer (P.E.) in Florida with expertise in soil mechanics, foundation design, concrete materials, waterfront construction and waste stabilization. Dr. Kalajian’s research activities focus on geotechnical engineering and on the use of recycled materials for beneficial uses. He has served as a consultant and expert witness, and has five years of engineering experience in industry. He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society for Engineering Education, Chi Epsilon and Tau Beta Pi (the engineering honor society). He also serves as an ABET accreditation visitor for the American Society of Civil Engineers and as a member of the advisory board of The Hinkley Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management.

In respect of Dr. Kalajian’ s indelible career and years of service, the university has established the Edward H. Kalajian Endowed Professorship. Our goal is to perpetuate his passion for the college of engineering and raise $100,000. Endowed faculty professorships are crucial for recruiting and retaining the highest-quality faculty. The greatest institutions have the best minds, the most-creative researchers and the most-engaged teachers. Ultimately, this attracts the best students.

We are asking you to honor his impact with a donation to the Fund. All donations are tax deductible. A receipt and acknowledgement of the gift will be sent to your designated address.

Alternatively gifts of support can be mailed to: Florida Institute of Technology, Attn: Alumni Affairs, Edward H. Kalajian Endowed Professorship, 150 W University Blvd, Melbourne, FL 32901.

For your commitment to continue Dr. Kalajian’s legacy in the college of engineering. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Bacon at 321-514-4375 or sbacon@fit.edu

 
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